The Celestial Globe-Southern Hemisphere

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Date: 1515

Medium: Woodcut

Dimensions: Sheet: 16 3/4 x 17 in. (42.5 x 43.2 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951

Accession Number: 51.537.2


This woodcut of the southern sky is based on maps of the stars drawn by an anonymous artist living in Nuremberg in 1503. Recalculated to reflect the stellar positions of 1515, Dürer's celestial maps were the first ever published and attest to the role that Nuremberg played as a center for printing, as well as for the manufacture of scientific instruments.